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Love your pet? Love the Petcast! Emma Barton has candid conversations with celebrity guests and some of the UK’s leading pet experts about the big issues facing pet owners across the country.

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Love your pet? Love the Petcast! Emma Barton has candid conversations with celebrity guests and some of the UK’s leading pet experts about the big issues facing pet owners across the country.

    The Love Language of Pets

    The Love Language of Pets

    Emma Barton, along with pop star turned farmer, JB Gill and Becky Skyrme; Animal Behaviourist at Blue Cross, delve into the myriad of weird and wonderful ways that pets show affection, solicit love and attention, and let their owners know they’re happy.

    From dogs to cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and even horses, this episode explores the sounds and behaviours that indicate your pet’s own unique love language.


    Becky Skyrme shares her expert knowledge into animal behaviours and provides the listeners with an insight into what their four-legged friends might be trying to tell them:
    “There are individual differences, and you do become tuned in to your own pet and their little quirks and ways. But there are certainly some general signs as well to look out for.


    “Anything to do with their bodies, the tail being an obvious one – a loose, sweeping, wagging tail from side to side is generally an indicator that a dog is happy or excited about what’s happening.”
     
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    Ask The Vet: Why Does My Dog Eat Poo?

    Ask The Vet: Why Does My Dog Eat Poo?

    Emma Barton and Blue Cross Chief Veterinary Surgeon, Caroline Reay, discuss the strange eating habits of dogs!


    It’s a stomach-churning sight for us humans but many dogs like to eat poo otherwise known as coprophagia - the eating of faeces or dung.


    Horse manure, cow pats, cat poo, fox poop and even other dogs’ faeces are common favourites. But surely our dogs don’t do this just to make us feel nauseous?


    So, why exactly do our dogs eat poo? A common misconception is that this means your dog has a nutritional deficiency. However, as Caroline explains, it is more likely that there is a more straightforward explanation.


    Useful Links:
    - Why does my dog eat poop? https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/why-does-my-dog-eat-poop


    - Why does my dog eat grass? https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/why-does-my-dog-eat-grass


    - Can dogs eat apples, grapes, potatoes and other fruit and veg? https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/can-dogs-eat-apples
     
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    Pets & Mental Health

    Pets & Mental Health

    TV personality, Nicola McLean, and Blue Cross’s Pet Bereavement Support Service Manager, Diane James, join Emma Barton to explore the incredible link between pets and our mental health.

    Over the last year, there has been a marked increase in the number of people struggling with their mental health because of the pandemic. To help those who may be feeling the effects, Emma and her guests will be touching upon how owning a pet can boost our mental wellbeing and the benefits of having pets in work environments and retirement homes, whilst also looking into how a pet owner’s own mental health can impact their pets.

    Delving deeper into the amazing impact pets can have on our lives, Diane James says: “It’s not just assistance dogs, but all pets can give you a form of companionship treatment, it can be therapy to improve your social, emotional or cognitive abilities and we’ve known even horses, for example, to provide this.

    “We’ve rehomed horses at Blue Cross where we had a case of a young lady who didn’t want to brush her hair, but when she saw a horse being groomed it encouraged her to brush her hair.

    “It’s the joy they bring us, but it is also the social and emotional things they bring into our lives that are great.”
     
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    • 24 min
    Ask The Vet: How do I know if my pet is overweight?

    Ask The Vet: How do I know if my pet is overweight?

    Emma Barton and Blue Cross Chief Veterinary Surgeon, Caroline Reay, discuss one of the most common questions asked – Is my pet too fat?

    Being overweight can have lasting consequences and can even be fatal to pets. Studies have shown that overweight pets do not live as long and are more prone to illnesses that spoil their quality of life, such as arthritis, breathing difficulties, heart problems and diabetes.

    Should you be able to feel dog’s ribs? Should I change my pets’ diet, or just feed them less? With Caroline’s top tips and advice on how to keep your pet healthy and happy, pet owners listening to this episode will be able to navigate the world of pet diets seamlessly.

    Useful Links:
    - What should I feed my puppy? Read Blue Cross’s top advice here: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/what-should-i-feed-my-puppy

    - A horse’s natural diet includes a variety of grasses of different types and age (from fresh growth to older rougher stalks) and also other herbs and weeds. Find out more here: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/horse-feeding-and-watering

    - Did you know that rabbits need three different food types for a healthy diet? https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/what-food-best-rabbits
     
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    Social Media, Your Kids & Your Pets

    Social Media, Your Kids & Your Pets

    Penny Lancaster joins Emma Barton and Blue Cross Animal Behaviorist, Claire Haynes, to discuss modern family life with pets and why it’s important to read animal behaviour within a family environment.

    From tips on how to get your children stuck into caring for dogs and cats, to advice on when it’s right to introduce your young family members to new furry friends, this episode has it covered!

    Delving deeper into the impact that social media trends are having on our pets, Claire, Penny and Emma discuss why it is essential for parents to educate their children on the importance of responsible pet ownership – to ensuring all our four-legged friends are happy and safe.

    Blue Cross’s Animal Behaviorist Claire Haynes speaks about how positive trends should be more of a focus for viral videos:

    “Not all animals are suitable to do what you might see online…sometimes it can feel like the social media presence is more important than our relationship with our pets, [but] trust is the most important thing. 

    “What we'd really like to see is content that promotes the trust we have with our animals, that shows examples of happy animals or dogs doing cool things that make them happy – showing what can be achieved through a positive rewards-based relationship with your dog.”
     
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    • 22 min
    Ask The Vet: Does My Pet Get Allergies?

    Ask The Vet: Does My Pet Get Allergies?

    In the second episode of our bonus ‘Ask The Vet’ mini-series, Emma Barton and Blue Cross Chief Veterinary Surgeon, Caroline Reay, delve into the topic of pets and allergies. Have you ever wondered if your dog suffers with hayfever, or what to do if your pet has a food allergy? In this episode, Caroline, along with Emma and her furry co-host, Poppy Dog, discuss what pet owners can do to keep their pet pals healthy and safe all year round.


    Humans are not the only ones to suffer with allergies - our four-legged friends do too. Allergies can be caused by many different environment factors and, depending on the cause and your dog’s reaction, can be managed in various ways. 
    From food and skin to flea allergies, The Petcast’s ‘Ask The Vet’ episodes will give listeners the best tips, tricks and guidance for all pets.


    Top Tips for Pet Allergies


    - Do you think your dog suffers from any food or skin allergies? Check out this guide for advice: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/food-and-skin-allergies-in-dogs 


    - Feline asthma is an immunity-related condition and can be triggered by an allergy or stress. Find out more here: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/caring-cat-asthma 
     
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